Sebelius: Obama didn’t know about website problems until after launch

posted at 10:01 pm on October 22, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Hey, he reads about every other crisis in the paper. Why not this one, too?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that President Obama was completely clueless about serious problems with HealthCare.gov pre-launch. This despite troubles with the minimal testing done on the site and serious concerns from insurance companies, who were even pushing for delay.

President Barack Obama didn’t know of problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website — despite insurance companies’ complaints and the site’s crashing during a test run — until days into its now well-documented abysmal launch, the nation’s health chief told CNN on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that there is concern in her department and the White House over the technical debacle surrounding the Obamacare website rollout, saying “no one could be more frustrated than I am and the president.”

The site was supposed to make it simple for people to search and sign-up for new health care policies starting on October 1, but instead it’s been clunky and, at times, inoperable.

“We’re not at all satisfied with the workings of the website,” Sebelius said. “We want it to be smooth and easy and let consumers’ compare plans.”

So, was the president so very uninterested in making sure his legacy law got launched with a modicum of competence that he never checked to make sure this was going well? Is he so surrounded by yes men and women that no one could bring themselves to tell him about this? Was Sebelius just straight-up lying to him day in and day out? Or, is she taking one for the team because he knew there were problems and was too stubborn to delay? I have pretty low expectations for Obama and government in general, but I remain a bit mystified at just how negligent it appears he was. If there’s one thing he is intensely interested in, it’s his own legacy, right?

Sebelius’ star continues to rise in this interview. Check out the tone she strikes. Gupta asks if she should resign, to which she replies, she serves “at the pleasure of the president.”

She uses the bogus giant traffic excuse yet again, even though the Washington Post reported some 2,000 users crashed the site in testing.

She declares there is reason for optimism in the Obamacare launch because, you see, there are so very many people lawfully required to buy insurance being prevented from buying it by this website. It’s not a crisis; it’s an opportunity! It’s a crisitunity.

“What we’re seeing in not only the states that are run by the federal website, but states around the country, is that interest is huge,” she said. “People are eager to have this affordable product, and that product is there.”

She admits she hasn’t tried to sign up using HealthCare.gov because “I have insurance.” Nice. The hundreds of thousands of people losing theirs and with no way to sign up for new, crappier plans appreciate the knife-twisting, Kath.

And, finally, this classic Kinsleyan gaffe: “We anticipated at the outset that everyone would never use the website,” she said.

The entire interview is below, and no, there is nothing in it that suggests they have any idea how to fix this thing.


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Just like he didn’t know about Benghazi, or the IRS scandal, or Fats and Furious, or the NSA? He just learned about it in the papers, right?

rrpjr on October 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

The reason that Obama did not know about the problems with the launch is that there was no reason for him to know. He is not a real person.

He is someone named Barak Obama, but he has nothing to do with the actual decision making in the White House. He is just supposed to be trotted out to give scripted speeches ad canned answers to canned questions by the so called Press Corps.

He is not held responsible because he is not responsible.

Truman’s “The Buck Stops Here” sign is back in storage somewhere in the White House basement, and that is where the buck stops. In some obscure office belonging to some staffer that we have never heard of.

schmuck281 on October 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM

OK, I’ve decided to have some fun with this whole mess and become a temporary conspiracy theorist.

Conspiracy #1: John Roberts knew that the Obama administration never thought Obamacare would be given the green light by the Supreme Court. Therefore, the administration didn’t really put a lot of sweat into the design of this whole enrollment program. Roberts intentionally threw his vote in favor of Obamacare knowing they could never have the roll out ready on time and they are caught scrambling to justify their incompetence.

Conspiracy #2: The site really was ready and the Iranians or possibly even the Israelis hacked it to make Obama look like a fool.

Just having some fun with this to pass the time.

DaveDief on October 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

“Five days before the launch, the president said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak,” Todd recalled. “Who misled him? Who misled the president on this?”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that President Obama was completely clueless about serious problems with HealthCare.gov pre-launch. This despite troubles with the minimal testing done on the site and serious concerns from insurance companies, who were even pushing for delay.

Comparing the above quotes means one of two things:

1) Obama’s entire staff lied to him about the status of the entire program for at least the better part of a year, or

2) Obama knew damrn well exactly what was going on and he was lying about the program (while playing golf and apparently not lifting a damrn finger about it).

parke on October 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

This reminds me that the left smirked into the cameras and called Dubya “intellectually incurious.” What’s Øbama’s excuse?
.
I know: he was held captive by the Republicans and the Koch brothers while his doppelganger acted as president and now he has to hold up his end of the charade because otherwise the Republicans will bomb Syria and Iran and blame the Øbama administration.
.
Or: he had his “I-don’t-care-wtf-you-do-ass” on the golf course and everybody kept saying “You’re the president, they wouldn’t lie to you, nobody would be that stupid, I mean, they’d never work in this town again, we’d see to it.” And Hitler Preezy said, “Yeah, you’re right! Now watch this drive!”

ExpressoBold on October 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

The unanswered question:
What did the President not know and when did he not know it?

PackerBronco on October 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Lie, deny, drip drip drip.

Lie, deny, drip drip drip.

And it all seems to work because no RINO, dem, or MSM will hold Obama accountable.

Cuz that’d make ‘em racists.

Sherman1864 on October 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

He probably didn’t know he knocked The Mooch up either. Twice.

SouthernGent on October 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Galt’s Glitch.

LibertyJane on October 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Another good one.

Man, people brought their A game tonight.

MichaelGabriel on October 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

html is racist.

SoRight on October 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

She’s lying.
Of course he knew, he’s the smartest man in the room.
He knows everything about everything.
He is perfect.
He has no flaws or faults.
He is the best President we have ever been blessed with.
His his wife is beautiful.

One of those statements is true, and the rest are lies.
Can you spot the true statement?

srdem65 on October 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

by Mary Katharine Ham

….as soon as I saw the first line…I knew this was going to be good!

Hey, he reads about every other crisis in the paper. Why not this one, too?

KOOLAID2 on October 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Galt’s Glitch.

LibertyJane on October 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Sweet.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Glitchgate

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM

All and all, at this point in time, Barack Obama’s Presidency can be called “The Glitch Presidency”, or “the Glitch in the United States of America’s history.”

Lourdes on October 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM

The Culture Of Covering The Lying President’s Posterior!

williamg on October 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

I do not understand. He was going to lower the sea levels and save the planet. Really, in the whole general scheme of things, how difficult is one little website?

(According to some, it’s actually impossible to do this because each data source they are supposed to be accessing is written in different coding. Not sure on this but they mentioned COBOL or something which apparently doesn’t play nicely with other types of coding. BWHAHAHAHA!)

UnderstandingisPower on October 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

That Sebelius is one stone cold glitch.

Oldnuke on October 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Because genius needs to be appreciated….

” Daddy, have you plugged Sebelius yet?”

katy the mean old lady on October 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

ElectricPhase on October 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

…I’ve been going through the threads late…THAT IS funny!

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 12:08 AM

ObamaCare database of navigators and price without subsidies available for “free” download.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/22/hc-navigators/

sebis on October 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM

It’s part of her bargain to keep her job until she can leave “voluntarily to pursue opportunities in the private sector” after a respectable interval.

She keeps up the illusion Obama didn’t know, while not actually accepting responsibility herself. If he fires her, she could tell the tales of White House interference with the process to avoid any political problems before the 2012 election.

As the proverb goes, she “knows where the bodies are buried.”

Adjoran on October 23, 2013 at 12:18 AM

That Sebelius is one stone cold glitch.

Oldnuke on October 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Glitchgate

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Glitchasaurus Americanus

Renee on October 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Then why did everyone else involved? Most since March. We are taling about hundreds of people here. Likely the NYT and WP also. Maybe AP.

pat on October 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Of course Barky didn’t know he was too busy on vacationing.

To make matters worse… as Moochelle walked onto the golf course and Sebelius told our Kenyan Dictator “The glitch is back” Barky said, “She sure is….”

viking01 on October 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Great. So Obama thought it worked like a charm. Great. ….. Hmmmmm

pat on October 23, 2013 at 2:17 AM

There’s an app for that:

Coming soon!

The ObamaCare app!

“It will melt your heart!”

(And possibly your phone.)

Bugs are us??

Sherman1864 on October 23, 2013 at 4:26 AM

This just tells me that Obama surrounds himself with incompetent “yes” men (and women). The decision to hire them, AND to deal with the consequences of hiring them, were still his. Obama demonstrated incompetence by surrounding himself with incompetents.

dominigan on October 23, 2013 at 5:05 AM

What, she expects us to take her word for it?
I think that Obama knew, with the rest of the Demoncrats, that the website was a major FAIL before the government shutdown.
Which was the reason why Obama/Reid didn’t want to give an inch, or negotiate until after the shutdown looked like it was beginning to backfire on them.
Had the congress held out for another week the Demtards would have caved on a few more demands.
It’s time to sic the NSA on Sebelius, the IRS and the Obama administration. Where’s Snowden when we need him?

kregg on October 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM

More protection for their BOY in the whitehouse.

TX-96 on October 23, 2013 at 6:18 AM

I remain a bit mystified at just how negligent it appears he was. If there’s one thing he is intensely interested in, it’s his own legacy, right?

You mean the legacy of Pelosi, Reid, and all the Democrats, right? Because his legacy didn’t really seem to have much involvement from Obama during its creation. I mean it’s what he wanted but honestly the only time this guy seems to put any effort into anything is with his interest in golf and basketball.

Ukiah on October 23, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Ya send a lazy narcissist community organizer to do a presidents job, you’re going to have glitches and bumps in the road.

zap-johnson on October 23, 2013 at 6:43 AM

He saw it on TV.

JellyToast on October 23, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Shielding her messiah . . . and her paycheck.

rplat on October 23, 2013 at 7:17 AM

So as always obama does not know what is going on?

The grand speechs
the blaming of the tea party

and in the 3 years he somehow can’t say

ummmm . . . how is it going?

Remember kiddies this is the EFFICIENCY OF OBAMACARE.
Does that not just give you a case of the warm fuzzies.

sniffles1999 on October 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM

I don’t know why this is such a shock. He learned here in Chicago. This is exactly what Daley did every time he got in shit. He said he didn’t know what was going on, and blamed the underlings.

This is what happens when you let a bunch of Chicago/Cook County/Illinois politicians run things.

LtT26 on October 23, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Seriously? Golf, you guys.

socalcon on October 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

The Messiah does not concern himself with earthly things like technology.

OHHH BA MA! OHHH BA MA! OHHH BA MA!

blammm on October 23, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Where I come from not telling the boss there is a major problem would be cause for being immediately fired when the problem came to light. And a boss who didn’t fire people for telling him/her there was a problem would be considered an idiot.

Oh.

UnderstandingisPower on October 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Mis-informed or uninformed.

It appears the Low Information Voter has wrought the Low Information Chief Executive.

socalcon on October 23, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Of course Obama didn’t know. Obama has never taken responsibility…the media covers for him, so why should he?

Name one ‘scandal’ that nightly news has reported? Just one.

I watch regularly and they do NOT report the truth.

Redford on October 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Um, lemme see. If this plays out as expected, between now as Nine am tomorrow, Sebelius’ office announces she’s been hospitalized with a Migraine that, it 2 days becomes a tumor…

socalcon on October 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

I find it impossible to believe that Obama was not given frequent IPRs on his signature piece of legislation. His minions are obviously covering for him but it’s not going to sell. Precisely how stupid do they really believe the American people to be? On the other hand, if they are not lying, then Obama is the dumbest, most irreverent and incompetent dolt that ever lived in that big White House.

rplat on October 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that President Obama was completely clueless

And that is exactly where the sentence should have stopped.

Physics Geek on October 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

By Thanksgiving, Sebelius will discover a pressing need to spend a lot more time with her family.

AZCoyote on October 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Does POTUS think GITMO is closed?

mjbrooks3 on October 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

“Five days before the launch, the president said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak,” Todd recalled. “Who misled him? Who misled the president on this?”

I blame Dilbert… We’ve elected (twice) the “pointy-haired boss”.

socalcon on October 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Obama first heard about it in news reports just like us.

Wigglesworth on October 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Does POTUS think GITMO is closed?

mjbrooks3 on October 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

As long as it’s not interfering with his tee time, he doesn’t know and doesn’t care.

Valerie makes all the decisions; Barry just shows up and reads speeches off the teleprompter and occasionally answers a few pre-screened, scripted questions from his list of approved reporters.

AZCoyote on October 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

A compliant media: the new teflon for presidencies.

blammm on October 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Heard yesterday on the radio (paraphrased): although data regarding numbers of enrollees is NOT being announced, the data being collected is immediately provided to insurance companies… They, in turn crank through and determine what the premium pricing will be… At this point, the Spanish website has not been rolled out– as planned– because it is estimated that those enrollees will have the highest healthcare heeds–spiking the Premium prices. Focusing on the young enrollees (sebelius:’We need people to enrol”) will provide the best “optics” in regards to pricing/ hence cost savings to consumers. Yet, before the train wreck is fully implemented, higher premiums will ultimately reach the consumer.

Most transparent administration , ever?

socalcon on October 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM

“Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that President Obama was completely clueless … “

Thus endeth the lesson.
When left swinging in the breeze by an incompetent staff member, a real leader would have fired the incompetent, lying ässhat in a heartbeat.
As a Corrections Administrator, I told everyone whom I hired, “I don’t like surprises”. It did happen to me once. I fired the woman on the spot.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Why would he want to admit this? Is he the most CLUELESS preseident ever???

djl130 on October 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

And I bet sebelius the baby killer has some beach property in the Sahara Desert that she wants to sell.

crosshugger on October 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Plus, when are we going to idetify this for what it really is? OBAMA’S KATRINA. And Sebalius is Brownie. “Heck of a job, Kathy.”

djl130 on October 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I find it impossible to believe that Obama was not given frequent IPRs on his signature piece of legislation.

rplat on October 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

He delegates authority and then blames no one, certainly never himself. He has to keep Kathleen ‘Queen of Infanticide’ Sebelius on the payroll because firing her would look bad for him – as in he made a poor choice in the first place. We could have told him that the former Governess of Kansas was an incompetent, anti-American, anti-health twit of a twawt.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

srdem65 on October 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Alex, I’d like “She’s Lying” for $2,000, please.

HomeoftheBrave on October 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

First up, Sybilious is lying through her teeth. The One micromanages things he “cares about” the same way Clinton and Carter did. Meaning that everyone down the chain of command knows you don’t make a move without Permission From On High.

Second, The One no doubt started off with an exaggerated idea of what was “possible” with the SOTA. As did his minions, whose “knowledge” of computer science comes mainly from watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. Which means they kept “piling on” all sorts of neat “features” that they demanded, and simply would not listen to anyone who actually knew what they were doing telling them, “Uh,in the real world, that doesn’t work”.

Third, when things started going south, the “facilitators” simply told the programmers that they were giving off “too many negative waves” like Oddball kept telling Moriarty in Kelly’s Heroes. They demanded “positivism”- and more neat “features”.

What you end up with is the Monty Python Movie Producer Who Needs A Lobotomy sketch.

And about the most useful thing you can say about that is, in fact, “splunge”.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

To hear the Demtards tell it, Bush didn’t know stuff and Obama doesn’t know anything!

kregg on October 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I believe the rPresident did not know it was going to bomb. The duty of an incompetant is to keep itself isolated from problems. He’s got people that do a good job of keeping him ignorant. There’s a history of that for Bambi.

That said, they should have informed him right away when it did bomb and give him viable options on how they expected to fix it. The ‘bring in the super team’ idea was stupid. Those promoting that along with those that brought in the clustarfark management team in the first place should be fired.

TerryW on October 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

It’s not a crisis; it’s an opportunity!

A socialist always creates crisis to use as opportunity to move the masses deeper into their traps.
I’m not so sure that this will not turn out to be an unmanageable crisis. If only there were true opposition that could lead a massive charge against this now? Kick evil while it is down!

Don L on October 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Rush is right, BO knows squat and never will take blame for anything.

Wade on October 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I’m sure he didn’t know anything about this–as CIC he was probably off somewhere leading a team of Navy Seals to dispose of some convenient enemy. Couldn’t he at least have found an aspiring factory to attack?

Don L on October 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

‘I have insurance’. She didn’t even say thank you. Of course, there’s a lot of interest in the website, we’ve got the IRS snapping and snarling in the background. I wouldn’t exactly call this eagerness.

Kissmygrits on October 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Culture of competence.

Plausible deniability.

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The One micromanages things he “cares about” the same way Clinton and Carter did. Meaning that everyone down the chain of command knows you don’t make a move without Permission From On High.
eon on October 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

True Dat. Doubly infuriating is the fact that Øb☭ma always maintains several degrees of separation between himself and anything that might, maybe, could possibly go wrong.
THAT, I submit, is a sign of an arrogant, weak, but imperious pseudo leader.
If this doesn’t convince sentient Americans that The Øne is 100% incompetent, nothing will.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

It’s kind of baffling that an experienced executive like Kansas Kate didn’t remember one of the time tested staff officer maxims:

“Bad news does NOT get better with age.”

He knew. His minions are simply trying to protect Dear Leader at all costs.

They’re all just a pack of lyin’ sacks of shinola.

NavyMustang on October 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

‘I have insurance’. She didn’t even say thank you. Of course, there’s a lot of interest in the website, we’ve got the IRS snapping and snarling in the background. I wouldn’t exactly call this eagerness.

Kissmygrits on October 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Yep; millions of Americans use the federal instant background check system to purchase firearms. That doesn’t mean they approve of the system or the laws that force us to use that system.

slickwillie2001 on October 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Is it just amazing how obama can see the future to NOT BE In the LOOP for all the screwups

but totally involved in the success’s.

You would think for his signature program he would have been more involved than doing a drive by speech attacking conservatives.

But you know obama he is so busy between golfing and vacations.

sniffles1999 on October 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

like a prior poster stated, to fire ole sillyface because of this massive clusterf00k.

Would be admitting it is a clusterf00k, and da annointed one NEVER admits mistakes

you know like ummmm. . . Benghazi

sniffles1999 on October 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

So, was the president so very uninterested in making sure his legacy law got launched with a modicum of competence that he never checked to make sure this was going well?

Well we know the answer to that. They’re speaking to the low-information voter with this nonsense. The low-information voter is shocked to hear that the President was never updated on the progress of the pending rollout. Why would they keep these problems away from him? That’s crazy.

When in reality this incompetent boob was receiving daily updates, was warned about the issues, and nevertheless made the political decision to move forward. Why America, why? I must admit I still can’t get over the fact that this moron was re-elected.

ncconservative on October 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Let’s just redefine the the roles of the Executive Branch. Apparently liberals and Obama are not telling us that once President pushes for a law and gets it passed and signed he responsibility ends.

We have a constitutional scholar as the head of the Executive Branch who refuses to be involved in the implementation of his duties as the head of the Executive Branch.

I think we should start calling him Senator Obama again. He has only acted as President for 3 moments in his entire Presidency:
1. Signing Obamacare into Law.
2. Ordering the sniper kill of Somali pirates.
3. Ordering the attack on Bin Laden.

Areas of his absence that an executive would be expected to be responsible:
1. Oversight of the DoJ and Fast and Furious (no involvement, yet executive privilege applies. Rather odd.)
2. Asleep during raid on Benghazi, fundraising the following day.
3. Oversight of IRS and targeting of political enemies.
4. Implementation of Obamacare
5, 6, 7…. etc.

The failures of Obama as the Chief Executive and Commander in Chief far outnumber the actual times he has acted appropriately in his official capacity.

Senator Obama is a fitting title. Once the law was passed, his duties were complete.

weaselyone on October 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The strategy of “Plausible Deniability” has found a permanent home in this administration. To those of us with even two brain cells to rub together this persistent lack of knowledge on the part of the CEO of the USA just makes him look stupid and lazy.

totherightofthem on October 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Repeating from the other thread:
Senator Obama was only responsible for getting the law passed.
President Cruz is responsible for the poor implementation of the law.

weaselyone on October 23, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Obama must be the most uninformed President in history. What a joke!

maables on October 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Well. This covers what Obama knew. Now we need to talk about what he should have known.

oldroy on October 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Glitch Witch. Glitch B**ch.

kcewa on October 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Glitchling, glitchlette, glitcherama, glitchapalooza.

*Disclaimer: haven’t read enough to know if these are derivative or not.

totherightofthem on October 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Hey Kathy, if you wouldn’t mind falling on that sword over there, that would be great.

- I Know Nothing in Chief

pain train on October 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Plausible deniability.

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Beat me to it.

totherightofthem on October 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

They have to say he didn’t know, because Boehner and company sent the Senate an almost clean CR bill, which only exempted individuals from the mandate/penalty for not having insurance this year, and he and Harry Reid dismissed it as out of hand. It would have been an easy out, except the republicans would have claimed a win.

We all knew the website was not working the first week of the shutdown, but Obama didn’t know, they were afraid at the White House to tell the emperor that his health care act had no clothes. Right.

Fleuries on October 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

At this point, what difference does it make?

mel23059 on October 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Obama must live in an inert bubble, with music piped in by 5th Dimension — “Up, Up and Away”.

Dasher on October 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

…and no, there is nothing in it that suggests they have any idea how to fix this thing.

They have a 3 step flow chart….

1. Preach “Hope and Change”

2. *Miracle Happens*

3. Achieve Progressive Utopia

If the second step doesn’t work, it’s not their fault.

We’re expected to believe that 2+2=5 when they tell us that. Asking questions, trying to hold someone accountable and responsible, is just being an agitator.

It will only take more money, more time, and more effort to achieve the end goal because the vision is supposedly sound – it was just a minor ($640M) misstep in the implementation of the effort.

The challenge is, this isn’t the first time this Administration has attempted to push this tripe – not even the first half-dozen major times. No one in this Administration is accountable or responsible – it is always the fault of someone else. In fact, these elitists seem to bristle at the thought of being questioned about personal accountability – as if we, the people, have no right to question them or hold them accountable for how they misuse our money.

For 5 years, I’ve been hoping that the American people would see through this charade, to see the contempt and arrogance endemic in this government, and take a stand. But those who are insulted by the bankruptcy of our government are far too few.

I think we’ve passed the tipping point.

Athos on October 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Let us not forget that this is not Sebiliuscare–it’s Obamacare and he owns it.

Don L on October 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Or, is she taking one for the team because he knew there were problems and was too stubborn to delay?

seeing as SHE has full authority over it that excuse does not fly for me.
they thought they would have it fixed in time and any issues would be covered up by the press as we saw them trying to do the first week.
They didn’t count on not being the smartest people ever and after week 2 the press had to start asking questions.

dmacleo on October 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Unfortunately, she probably didn’t know either. If you have not worked with an IT project, you have no clue as to what questions to ask, no way of setting benchmarks and no way to handle change management.

This entire deal was a disaster from the beginning. The companies hired to do this got enthralled with the $$$ but broke multiple rules of programming: Get it in writing, define the the goal; set up the steps along the way and for heaven’s sake, establish a procedure for making changes! Honestly, if there were no guidelines for changes, these companies got jerked around big time but they should have walked – put a stop to it.

It is becoming more obvious that there was no sane control on anything with this deal. It’s simply toooooooooo big to code. Result: it will fail.

Start over? NO. Trash it and open a free market system. Limit the federal program to 5-10% of the population. The rest of us can return to our previous insurers with limits on what is covered.

Oh, and make the federal employees do the same. I don’t like paying for congressional staffs to keep their Cadillac system while I’ve been pushed to the hinterlands.

MN J on October 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

WARRING—WARRING—DANGER

Healthcare.gov a hackers tool for prosperity.

All sites on the internet use some basic form of the same security access., A user name ( in the open) and a password (encrypted and displayed as a series of dots on the screen). Except in Healthcare.gov. Paste any encrypted password from any where NOT INTO the password block BUT INTO into the user name and it will display the password in the open for you to see and use. All file transaction (what you send and receive on the internet) are kept in temp files on the computer. Even in these temp file the passwords are in encrypted form. Now a hacker has to do is go to a public use internet place like a library. Download the temp files then run the passwords through Healthcare.gov and they now have open copies of your username, password and any and all account info.

Is this what Obama meant as the most open and transparent ever?

Also, I’m no expert here but it looks like before you are verified on the log in that the program opens up a port to all other computer systems and shows all necessary portal access information with no evidence of any security (firewalls) in place. If this is true it is just a free give a way of all personal information held by every government computer.

jpcpt03 on October 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Either Obama knew the site was doomed and lied about it – in which case he should be impeached and thrown out of office.

Or he didn’t know about the site being doomed – in which case he should be impeached and thrown out of office.

That sums it up.

Mycroft_514 on October 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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